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was reportedly among the dead. the ongoing drone attacks come days after a federal judge ruled the obama administration is under no obligation to publicly disclose their legal justification. the american civil liberties union and the new york times had filed a lawsuit under the freedom of information act demanding u.s. government disclose the legal basis for launching drone strikes overseas. the suit was filed after the u.s. kill the american-born cleric anwar al awlaki in yemen despite having never charged him with a crime. in upholding the obama at the ministration's right to secrecy, u.s. district judge colleen mcmahon expressed misgivings about the drone program itself writing -- the alice-in-wonderland nature some of the first details have emerged on the white house's effort to tackle gun control in the aftermath of last month's shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut. the washington buzz reports the task force overseen by vice- president joe biden is mulling proposals include some reinstatement of the expired ban on assault weapons and high- capacity magazines, universal backgrou
you back here tomorrow. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> bret: is president obama deliberating picking a fight over his national security team? this is special report. >> bret: good evening, i'm bret baier. president obama is filling out his national security roster with a pair of controversial nominees whose confirmation is anything but secure. brit hume looks at the record of former republican senator chuck hagel the president's pick to run the pentagon. jennifer griffin on the first enlisted soldier to be so hoorpd katherine heritage tells us john brennan's road may be a little bumpy. let's begin with wendall goler. >> good evening. president obama is nominating the former republican senator to be secretary of defense and 25-year veteran of the c.i.a. to head the agency. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect the country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> but hagel's selection grew more criticism and the choice of john brennan threatened to raise questions about water boarding that he didn't want to answer when he was considered four years ago. had a ha ge
to publicly as drones. >> president obama prepares to nominate john brennan to head the cia. that the assassination czar, brennan has played a key role backing some of the most controversial post 9-eleven policies from the secret drone war to extraordinary rendition to wireless surveillance. we will look it the nomination for republican senator chuck hagel, fellow republicans have criticized him for views on iraq, iran, and israel. then, the steubenville rape case in ohio. >> we are anonymous. around mid august 2012, a party to present a small town in ohio known as steubenville. [indiscernible] kidnapping and rape of a 15- year-old girl. >> the hacker activist group anonymous has helped expose new details about a horrific high school gang rape case involving football players in ohio. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. up to 18 people have been killed in the latest u.s. drone attacks on pakistan's tribal areas. the strikes hit what pakistani officials described as separate compounds belonging
sounds an argument for guns. >> kimberly: president obama doesn't think america has a spending problem. a his supporters weren't happy when he saw the tax increase hit them in the pocketbook. we break down the numbers when we come back. stay with us. ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you turn an entrepreneur's dream... ♪ into a scooter that talks to the cloud? ♪ or turn 30-million artifacts... ♪ into a high-tech masterpiece? ♪ whatever your business challenge, dell has the technology and services to help you solve it. mommy's having a french fry. yes she is, yes she is. [ bop ] [ male announcer ] could've had a v8. 100% vegetable juice, with three of your daily vegetable servings in every little bottle. ♪ ♪ >>> obama supporters like buyer's remorse after liberalism finally hits home. your paycheck. >> my boyfriend has had a a lot of expenses and feeling squeezed and having his paycheck lower didn't help. one wrote, many of my friends didn't realize it either >> eric: spread some of your wealth for a while. take the food stamp, obama broke the record. bottom line, folks we spent
news america reporting from washington. president obama nominates chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. the men charged with raping a young indian woman on a bus arrived in court where proceedings dissolved into chaos. and hitting a high note in south africa. we meet an unlikely star whose voice takes them from -- hollywood. across >> a combat soldier still -- still carries a treadmill in his chest. he will be the first wounded soldier to ever serve as secretary of defense. not everyone is happy with his nomination. >> this is the man president obama wants to lead the largest military force the world has ever known. a former soldier who knows the cost of war. >> he knows war is not an abstraction. he knows the sending young americans to fight and believe in the dark and muddy is something we only do when absolutely necessary. >> he is to be a republican senator, but he is a provocative thick. -- pick. >> i will do my best for my country and those i represent at the pentagon and for all of my citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> he served i
of president obama in introducing hagel and announcing his nomination is that hagel has a particular unique experience in the military as an enlisted ground pounder. one who fought the war in vietnam and as the president pointed out still carries shrapnel in the chest. twice wounded, two purple hearts. he has as the president said understands the consequences of war so he would be less likely than some previous secretaries in this job to commit troops to war that some might consider unnecessarily. now, i'll take a little bit of exception in my colleagues at first read who claim that the president chose him because hagel could not be intimidated by the generals. i have not covered any secretary of defense who is intimidated by the generals. they take the best advice from the military leadership and they, in turn, walk arm and arm over to the white house, give it to the president and that's where those kinds of decisions are made. but i can tell you, one of the biggest challenges facing chuck hagel if, in fact, he is confirmed by the senate, is this budget battle. not necessarily here in the
of the day. >>> president obama plans to nominate chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. reaction is already pouring in, some positive, some not. we'll have much more on the story in a moment. >>> pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. drone strike killed 17 people today. today's attack follows two suspected u.s. drone strikes last week that killed 15 people, including a taliban commander with ties to the pakistani military. demonstrators protested against drone strikes thursday and burned a u.s. flag. >>> parents in new york are on edge tonight waiting to hear if their children will have to find other ways to get to school tomorrow morning. the union representing the city's school bus drivers is threatening to strike in a dispute over job protection. they're concerned about a new bus contract that could mean some drivers would lose their jobs. if there is a walkout the city will provide some bus riders with free metro cards to ride public transit. in other cases, parents can apply for public transit refunds if they send their children to school by taxi. >>> league
as the obama administration's failure to negotiate a status forces agreement with iraq to allow u.s. forces to stay there, and iraq has gone downhill. that's the narrative. there's also bengazy, and there's sort of a -- there's been building this sense among republicans that the obama administration is not strong enough on counterterrorism, is not tough enough, somehow is hiding its ineptness, and i think that's what's behind this, and it's all going to come out, again, with something we haven't talked about yet, which is the nomination of john brennan, the cia director. here's a guy who was pulled back from being nominated four years ago because of his alleged ties to torture and interrogation techniqu techniques. he was george bush's counterterrorism guy. it comes with a lot of baggage. as dave wood outlines, there are reasons for, and there are reasons why chuck hagel's potential fom nation is problematic for the white house. there's also when you sort of read the palace intrigue, read about the palace intrigue, get into the palace intrigue, there's this notion that president obama likes
for opposing israel -- opposing strong action against iran. obama has also nominated john brennan to head the central intelligence agency. we cross over now live to washington. what more can you tell us about obama's pics? -- picks? >> john brennan is truly an insider. he has 25 years of counterintelligence experience. he has been a trusted advisor for the republicans and the democrats. he is very much trusted by obama. it is said that he only needed to raise his hand if he wanted the job, and, apparently, that is what he did. he he supported the so-called enhanced interrogation technique, most commonly known as waterboarding, back under the bush administration am a but that should not keep him from being nominated -- bush administration thomas but that should not keep him from being -- back under the bush administration. that should not keep him from being confirmed. he is a real vietnam veteran, chuck hagel. that is not what is controversial about him. he is a very outspoken politician. he was a republican senator, but it is the republicans who do not like him now because he supported p
of defense. he has been criticized for opposing israel -- opposing strong action against iran. obama has also nominated john brennan to head the central intelligence agency. we cross over now live to washington. what more can you tell us about obama's pics? -- picks? >> john brennan is truly an insider. he has 25 years of counterintelligence experience. he has been a trusted advisor for the republicans and the democrats. he is very much trusted by obama. it is said that he only needed to raise his hand if he wanted the job, and, apparently, that is what he did. he he supported the so-called enhanced interrogation technique, most commonly known as waterboarding, back under the bush administration am a but that should not keep him from being nominated -- bush administration thomas but that should not keep him from being -- back under the bush administration. that should not keep him from being confirmed. he is a real vietnam veteran, chuck hagel. that is not what is controversial about him. he is a very outspoken politician. he was a republican senator, but it is the republicans who do not like
presidente barack obama podría retomar el tema migratorio y a 4 días de la toma de posesion de chavez, surgen las discrepancias inconstitucionales. el presidente barack obama promulgo la ley para atender a las víctimas del huracán sandy, supera a la organizacion fema que estaba a punto de quedarse sin fondos. >> con la llegada del nuevo año se fortalecen las nuevas noticias, presidente barack obama dice que se trataria este año la reforma migratoria, con la elección de nuevos congresistan, el mayor número de latinos en el congresos podría dar la chance de que pase. >> y los inmigrantes sin autorizacion podrían recibir licencias de conducir aquellos que recibieron el beneficio de la acción diferida. >> solo faltan 4 días para que en venezuela se lleve a cabo la toma de posesion de chavez, la opocision y el oficialismo pelean entre cuál seria la toma de poder, osmari hernandez nos aomplia. >> la cercania del 10 de enero que esta en la constitucion venenzolana genera nerviosimo. >> necesita un parte médico. >> no
president obama's cabinet. >> the leadership changes that could spark a big >> happening now, president obama is announcing leadership changes in his cabinet. some are already proving to be controversial. our reporter is live in the newsroom with the latest. >> the last hour, president obama announced the nomination for two very important cabinet positions. republican chuck hagel for secretary of against and john brennan for director of the c.i.a. both picks are criticized by both parties. decorated vietnam veteran and former nebraska senator hagel has made comments not forgotten and could lead to tough questioning and a long confirmation process. back in 2010 he called the troop surge in iraq a "mistake," drawing criticism great his party. today, president obama stands by his decision saying "chuck hagel is the leader our troops deserve identity noting the involvement with the v.a. and uso he would be the first of enlisted rank to serve as secretary of defense. one of the few secretary whose have been wounded in war. and the first vietnam veteran to lead the department. as i saw during
in the air worry that thousands of people would turn out to be why no one was in danger. >>> president obama is likely to announce the nomination for defense secretary tomorrow. the likely choice is the senator chuck hadle why there should be a fire storm during the confirmation hearing. >>> and the storm will be rolling through the bay area earlier this morning. radar and in search of rain now. we'llty you the tell when you need the umbrella when we continue on the cw. for ,, ,,,,,,,, created what appeared to be "ball of fire" in the area. and it left a lot of people nd wondering what >>> a methane gas burn off at lax, what appeared to be a ball of fire in the bay area leaving a lot of people nervous, wondering what's going on. a large plume of smoke and flames could be seen shooting 100 feet up in the air. some people thought that the plane had crashed. >> and you could feel the earth move underneath you. you could feel the intensity of the burning that was happening. >> all of a sudden like i heard the rumbling noise. and it was, i would say about two minutes, and then like an explosion h
in defense of hagel, shannon. >> the senator toured the middle east with then candidate obama in 2008 a lot of people thought he was auditioning for a cabinet job back then. is he going to be able to count on republican votes. >> president allowed the cabinet he wants unless they're grossly unfit. but they'll surely remind the senate and public about the two purple hearts and other service medals he was awarded as an infantryman and president obama told meet the press last sunday that he sees nothing to disqualify hagel. >> i've served with chuck hagel, i know him. he is a patriot. he is somebody who's gone extraordinary work in the united states senate and served this country with valor in vietnam, and is somebody who's currently serving on my intelligence advisory board and doing an outstanding job. >> indeed, haigle's presence on the advisory board means he's had some input into the obama administration's decision making on national security issues. >> we mentioned across the aisle there are democratic lawmaker who also have problems with hagel partly because of the israel issues, but wh
chuck hagel fans. that said president obama has picked hagel. he likes hagel. they're friends going back to their senate tenure. it's hard to imagine if obama really wants hagel ten democratic senators will vote against him. i find that hard to believe. second thing is president obama wants to push for cuts in defense spending. their view is there's no better advocate for it, no better voice for cutting the pentagon that a provincial vietnam veteran like chuck hagel. >> i want to play a clip of what former general stanley mcchrystal said on the "today" show this morning. >> if president obama trusts him, i think senator hagel has the experience. he's certainly got the quality as a person. the real matter is whether the president has that level of trust. that level of trust and relationship between those people and with other members of the cabinet are the most important. >> matt, to perry's point, is a big part of this about the president just likes him? they've gotten along for many years now? >> yeah. he has a very close relationship with vice president joe biden as well from thei
>> president obama and the first family are back in washington tonight. after wrapping up their holiday vacation in hawaii. air force one touched down at joint base andrews in maryland earlier this morning. the president interrupted his vacation by flying back to washington to settle the fiscal cliff negotiations. now. he's back to face new battles over spending cuts and raising the country's debt ceiling. the president could also announce nominees for key positions in his cabinet as soon as tomorrow. with the fiscal cliff beginning to fade from the minds of many americans a new fight is heating up on capitol hill. a new deal over the debt ceiling is looming in the not-so-distant future. we go now to elizabeth corridan to check up on both sides and how they're preparing to get a new deal in place. >> "i believe we need to raise the debt ceiling, but if we don't raise it without a plan to get out of debt, all of us should be fired." >> reporter: strong words for a new congress, the new years deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" has come and gone. now lawmakers start a
means he all rigready has input the obama administration's work. >>> they have problems with hagel because of israel's issue and other back comments. >> back in 1988 senator hagel made comments about a man who served as ambassador james hormel went on to become the country's first openly gay ambassador. he at the time described him as openly agreasively gay. hagel issued an afollowing he never received it only the news did. gay, lesbian advocacy groups, so we can hip. knock down graig out controversy battle. >> oo thank you vogt incinerate would be going up. they increased premiums pes bit the rising cost of health kay. the most vulnerable peter duessy has more from washington. >> some states the accordable care act may not be liing up to its name. some insurance companies in ohio and florida already raised their premiums at least 20 percent. blue shield raises them 26 percent. hoet care costs even though obama care them before we review the tinker if it's an proved sheriff's department it's heart to denied the treatment yums. that could put a major strain on the system. >> they ar
weeks. president obama has already announced he's nominated senator john ker troy succeed her. while he should sail through the confirmation process relatively easily his president's pick for secretary of defense looks like he may have a tougher time today. the president will announce he's% nominating former nebraska senator chuck hagel to follow leon panetta as secretary of defense. here is senate minority leader mitch mcconnell as stephanie mentioned on one of his many appearances on the talk shows from abc's this week with mcconnell talking about his priorities for whoever takes over as secretary of defense. >> whoever is nominated for secretary of defense is going to have a have a full understanding of our close relationsship with our israeli allies, the iranian threat and the importance of having a robust military. >> he's just a bundle of energy. hagel is a vietnam war veteran and a moderate republican. he's taking heat especially from fellow republicans over his support of israel, whether or not he's supportive enough and whether or not he's willing to take a hard enough stance a
>> good morning. coming up another showdown is brewing in washington as president obama prepares to name his pick for the next secretary of deaf. today new details in the case against james holmes in the case of the movie theater shooting that killed 12 people at a colorado theater. plus hillary clinton gets back to work. what prince charles worries about. and a kangaroo on the loose. where else but australia. "early today" starts right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> a very good morning to you. the white house confirmed today president obama will announce former nebraska senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. it will be a rough road to confirmation for the vietnam vet who outspokenly posed the iraq war. meanwhile white house officials tell nbc news that mr. obama will also nominate his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan as the next cia chief. we're just learning that. tracie potts has more from washington on both nominations for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the brennan announcement we just got early th
. >> president obama back in washington to put the pieces of his second term in place. the new financial crisis he faces. and who he plans to nominate to be the next secretary of defense. also. the big change in san francisco. as drivers now have to shell out change. to park in the city on sundays. james holmes. the suspect in the colorado movie theater [ female announcer ] safeway presents real big deals of the week. or how to get great prices on things you need. if your resolution is saving money, safeway gives you real big club card deals each week. now's a good time to pack your lunches. lean cuisine is just $1.99. yoplait yogurt is just 50 cents. resolutions, kept. and charmin is $13.99 for 30 double rolls. real big deals this week and every week. only at safeway. ingredients for life. >> james holmes, shooting. is expected to appear in court tomorrow. holmes is the man accused of killing twelve people and injuring nearly 70 others when he opened fire at a theater in aurora colorado last july. during this preliminary hearing the prosecutors will outline their case against holmes and the ju
for some of the toughest firmte firstterm decisions. this is obama's team. a lot different from gates, from even panetta and from clinton or petraeus. >>> all right, moving on. battle lines are set for a march budget showdown and the leading players appear to be doing their best to establish, i would argue, the low ground. remember, three deadlines coincide two months from now. setting up some form of triple jeopardy, if you will. the treasury department runs out of options to cover u.s. borrowing risking potential default. the whole debt ceiling business. the domestic and defense cuts postpone for two months by the fiscal cliff deal kick in. also known as sequester around these parts. of course, march 27th, the big the continuing resolution that funds the entire government expires. that may be where things truly heat up. mitch mcconnell drew a line in the sand saying though republicans are willing to work on tax reform as part of upcoming budget negotiations, new tax revenue is, "absolutely off the table." >> we've resolved the tax issue now. it's over, it's behind us. >> the tax issue is
served on the foreign relations committee and co-chair of president obama's intelligence advisory award. >> mr. president, i'm grateful for this opportunity to serve our country again. and especially its men and women in uniform and their families. these are people who give so much to this nation every day with such dignity and sellessness. >> already, hagel is getting support from both sides of the aisle. former secretary of state colin powell says i wholeheartedly endorse president obama's nomination for former senator chuck hagel to be the next secretary of defense. senator hagel is well qualified with his broad experience in national security affairs. he's the president's choice. he's clearly a qualified candidate. but, yet, again, republicans are attacking one of the president's pick. and this time, they're turning their backs on one of their own. senator lindsey graham says he's out of the mainstream. john mccain says he has serious concerns about hagel's views on national kurt. and senate minority leader promises hagel a lot of tough questions. many of these same -- now, the pro
us. have a great weekend. lou: good evening, everyone. the imperious obama presidency flat out refusing to negotiate with republicans on the national debt ceiling. the republicans led by speaker boehner are determined to take up debt and spending once again. this time he says the american people are on his si. the speaker today in the republican caucus meeting behind closed doors. bigger banner making it clear that the president's refusal to negotiate will not deter him or his party and the speaker said that the esident said that he isn't going to have a debate with us over the debt ceiling. he also says that he's not going to cut spending along with a debt limit hike. fiscal cliff behind us on the focus turns to spending. speaker boehner cited a new poll, showing 72% of americans agree with him. but any increase in the debt limit must be accompanied by an equal amount in spending cuts. senator john cornyn saying that if the president inten the president intends to carry through with his no negotiation threat, but a government shutdown may be the only way to find resolution. th
in washington. wolf. >> brooke, thanks very much. >>> happening now, president obama nominates chuck hagel to run the pentagon. calling him a leader our troops deserve. hagel's critics call him profoundly wrong on national security. also, we have new details about a horrifying night in colorado. a police officer cries as he describes a theater floor slippery with blood. >>> plus, a first look at proposed regulations that have would-be gun owners racing right now to buy guns. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> we begin with president obama setting the stage for a new fight here in washington. this time, other the national security team for his second term. the president's nominating the former senator chuck hagel, a republican, for defense secretary, and his counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> p
in washington. let me start tonight with president obama, this country's commander in chief. start with that fact, will you? it's his job to defend this country. and he's done a pretty good job of doing it, don't you think? well, the commander in chief said today he wants a former vietnam enlisted guy to be his secretary of defense, a guy who can't walk through an airport metal detector and not get reminded of the shrapnel he took in that sad but heroic american war. the president wants chuck hagel in that post because he thinks like him and has proven he's got the brains to protect this country. hagel long ago proved he's got the heart. don't you think? i don't hate the people trying to stop the president from picking this guy for the job he needs done at the pentagon, but i do recognize their tactics. they're the same ones they used to push the war in iraq. they say they don't like something he said hagel did 14 years ago about a gay man being put up for ambassador. i don't like it either, but, a, it was 14 years ago, and, b, i don't think it's got anything to do with why the haw
allied groups do not want to cause president obama even more of a headache by portraying him as a fringe character because he most likely will end up being confirmed unless a republican senator puts a hold on his nomination. >> let's talk about that. that fringe characterization. we had senator chris murphy speaking out earlier about the republicans and just how much they're itching for a fight. take a listen to this. >> republicans are spoiling for a fight. i think they recognize that this guy's coming into his second term with a head of steam. that he's very well regarded on issues of foreign policy. the republicans used to hold an advantage on that mantle. have lost it to an extent. so they just want to pick a fight. >> hogan, here's the thing. are they truly itching for a fight on this especially given the optics of how they were able to, the right that is, kind of sour the test balloon that was that of susan rice? and now they're trying to sour the test balloon that is chuck hagel. we're just a couple hours away from the fact that he will be put up for this appointment. doesn't it l
anticipated return of "downton abbey." >>> good evening. president obama is back from his vacation tonight and fresh off the fiscal showdown, he is already girding for what's expected to be the next political showdown. tonight, nbc news can confirm he will wade right back into the fray tomorrow by nominating former senator chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. at face value, the pick of a longtime republican lawmaker for the job could be seen as a rare act of bipartisanship in a sharply divided town. but tonight, opponents on both sides of the aisle are sharpening their claws for what could be a testy confirmation fight. nbc white house correspondent peter alexander joins us from washington now with more. hello, peter. >> reporter: lester, good evening to you. with the fiscal cliff crisis barely in our rearview mirror, the white house's decision to pick chuck hagel as secretary of defense is likely to ignite a contentious confirmation battle. congress is out of session this week, but already, talk of the pick is generating stiff opposition. fresh off his hawaiian vacation, presiden
of the east coast. president obama signed a lbill into law, another bill is expected to be voted on next week to provide a comprehensive $51 billion aid package to cover damage from sandy and to prevent similar disasters in the future. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton goes back to work today. she was released from the hospital last summer for treatment of a blood clot. her doctors expect her to make a full recovery, she has a full week of meetings schedule, including three at the white house. >>> preliminary hearings begins in colorado today, when a judge will decide james holmes will stand trial for murder. holmes will be in court this week. nbc's leann craig joins us now. good morning. >> good morning. hundreds of people are expected to attend the hearing where large amounts of previously sealed information will be revealed, including gruesome details of what happened inside the theater. more than five months after the theater massacre, attorneys will lay out the case against james holmes. >> the purpose of the preliminary hearing is to determine whether or not there's probable cause
do if she were in president obama's shoes. >> why do we go through this kind of exercise that embarrass everyone. >> ask the republicans. we always passed the debt ceiling when president bush was president. there should be -- this is a conversation where there should be no doubt. in fact, if i were president, i would use the 14th amendment which says that united states will always be -- >> you would go ahead and do it. >> but the congress hasn't incurred much of this debt. >> more on the president's big january agenda the white house is considering comprehensive plans to crack down on gun violence. three weeks after the sandy hook shootings in newtown, connecticut, the task force is looking at wide-ranging measures. the group is exploring ways to strengthen mental health checks. >>> in some cases the potential measures could be implemented through executive action. >> i think what we need to do first is to see what the vice president's group comes up with, what their recommendations are, plenty of time to take a look at their recommendations once they come forward, what's
about a u.s. di diplt be openly gay. he has since apologized for that comment. president obama says he would be a perfect fit at the pentagon. >> he understands that america stands strongest when we stand as allies and as friends. as a successful businessman he know os even as we make tough fiscal choices we have to do so wisely. >> hagel would be the first enlisted soldier from the vietnam war to serve as secretary of defense. he earned two purple hearts and saved his wounded brother. some republicans are concerned hagel won't be enough of a defender of pentagon spending. >> the fact of the matter is i fear he is going to try to use senator hagel as a foil to pursue this hollowing out of the military that secretary panetta has raised concerns about by the draconian cuts and the is a questions teresa payton. >> hagel would be -- and the sequester. >> not as difficult ahead for john brennan. >> unlike tolikelikely to drawe criticism. if confirmed it would be a home coming. he was considered for the cia post in 2008 but wealth drew his name to avoid contentious questioning over the agenc
. >>> president obama prepares to officially start his second term in a few days. he is facing some major personnel shakeups. >> the president could name his choice for the next secretary of defense as early as today. here's abc's chuck sebritson. >> reporter: for president obama the vacation is over. mr. obama returns from hawaii to a climate that is chilly in more ways than one. he has chosen former republican senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. hagel would be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some question how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is running an ad against hagel. >> president obama, for secretary of defense, chuck hagel is not a responsible option. even the top senate republican says he is reserving judgment. >> i am going to wait and see how the hearings go and see whether chuck's views square with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman. served incredibly in vietnam. served this country as the united states senator. >> reporter:
. [applause] >> the associate press reported that president obama will make a pair of personnel announcements in a few moments expected to nominate chuck hagel as the next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser john brennan to be the next head of the cia. announcements set for just after one o'clock eastern from the east room of the white house. live coverage will be on our companion network, c-span. join us later today for two q&a programs starting at 6 p.m. eastern, focusing on george may onsowfort professor walterwomans talk -- walter williams, and his libertarian views and how he's been a guest host on the rush limbaugh show. we discuss "citizen soldier" which gets underway at 6 p.m. eastern here on c-span2. >> i think cybersecurity remains the top priority because of the national security implications. we saw that congress failed to reach an agreement on cybersecurity legislation on 2012 as many would have predicted. they remain far apart because industry is very opposed to any sort of cyber security standards. >> i think another big issue is going to be implementing the incentiv
. obama may appoint mr. hagel to take a place at the pentagon. as almost score setting matter i almost hope he does. it would confirm a point i made earlier this column earlier this year, that mr. obama is not a friend of israel. >> you could hardly think of another leading contender for that position who would be, who would raise more eyebrows than chuck hagel when it comes to israel. you heard earlier jennifer griffin quoting the line about the jewish lobby, which is interesting because millions of americans who are christians and not jewish are also supporters of israel. there is the conflation between the jewish lobby and israel lobby which is very disturbing. there is broader record especially concerning iran would make anyone concerned for the security of is rainfall and the relationship between israel and the united states worried about his position as secretary of defense. jon: but this is a guy who served two terms in the senate. >> right. jon: he is a decorated vietnam veteran, a purple heart recipient. >> two purple hearts. jon: two purple hearts. why not put him in at the t
barack obama would be may have like bill clinton. once he lost big in the first off election year, 2010, he would come to the center. he didn't do that. and so now you see our house conference. i was just there yesterday. they are more focused than ever to engage in this fight, whether it's going to be during the debt limit debate that will come in two months or we have a c. o. debate, which the government is only funded through the end of march this year. so to fund the government for the rest of the year we will have another opportunity for a spending fight. but you have people that are now ready to engage in a way like never before to make sure we reform spendingave the country. >> we mentioned one of the things you did sponsor was a piece of legislation that says you will freeze the pay for members of congress. a lot of people would say bravo. if you don't reduce the deficit, maybe there ought to be a reduction in pay. everyone knew in washington you had this deadline and nobody seemed to get serious about it until about midnight on put 1st of december. >> simpson-bowles made a reco
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kicked in. president obama considers himself a progressive, particularly on the taxes, the more you make, the more you pay. he just instituted the most regressive tax you could think of. a payroll tax, hits every income category the tame and everybody is paying more taxes because of this deal. just on that basis, this is bad. i can't believe the republicans get him get away with it, i can't believe the press allowed president obama to tax people who make 50,000 a year, that's called regressive taxes. >> mike: 2% that have is a thousand dollars, uriyou can figure it uchl. and if you got a paycheck this week if you get a weekly program and next week, see if it's different. employees here at fox, they say whoa, it's lower than it was. >> and now beginning to take out social security tax, unaffected. so you get to understand how many taxes are taken out of your paycheck, even an average person, there's one of the demagogue, one of the biggest demagogues in this debate i believe has been big business. they came out and said everybody needs to pay more taxes. guess where the taxes hit the smal
>>> president obama officially begins his second term days from now facing a host of challenges. >> his choice for defense secretary is under attack before the nomination is announced. tahman bradley joins us from washington with more on this. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and sunny. hopefully, the hawaiian sand and sun gave the president energy. he's going to need it. he's got a packed agenda that republicans don't love. president obama returned from hawaii with a fight already looming. sources tell abc news that mr. obama will announce today that the nominee for sect tear of defense is chuck hagel. some have questioned his commitment. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. >> it's difficult to imagine the circumstances in which i would support his nomination. >> reporter: besides the fight over his cabinet nominees, the president must deal with the country's fiscal mess. by tend of february, the treasury will lose the able to boar moe more money and automatic spending cuts kick in on march 1st. >> we're going to be talking about further
meses no será prioridad. >>> más de la casa blanca, el presidente barack obama nombrará a chuck ... para que reemplace a león panneta, esto con el fin de finalizar la división partidista, él ha sido criticado por sus sanciones a israel por su programa nuclear. >>> también el presidente barack obama promulgó la ley de ayuda para los damnificados de la súper tormenta sandy el mandatario tomó la decisión poco después de volver a la casa blanca de hawai, la ley deestina fondos para que fema pueda pagar los seguros de inundaciones para muchas viviendas. >>> atención a este dato que lo puede afectar a ustedes de forma directa, empresas de estados unidos planean dar aumentos de hasta un 20% en las primas de estadounidenses, esto a pesar que uno de los mayores objetivos de la ley de salud del presidente barack obama es frenar el aumento de precios de seguros médicos el reporte menciona que algunos estados afectados serían florida, ohioy california. >>> y esta semana sería crucial para las posibilidades de los inmigrantes indocumentados en illinois puedan tener licencias de conducir,
and balancing the budget. here is more. >> for president obama the vacation is over. mr. obama returns to from hawaii to a climate that is chilly. he has chosen chuck hagel as secretary of defense. he would be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some have questioned how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is running an ad against hagel. >> even the top senate republican says she reservation judgment. >> i'm going wait and see how the hearings go and see whether chuck's view square with the job he would be nominated to do. >> some democrats are speaking up for him. >> chuck hagel is a tremendous patriot and statesman, served incredibly in vietnam, served in this country as united states senator. >> and president obama is about to lose his treasury-secretary. tim geithner is the last original member of his economic team. he leaves as three major deadlines loom. by the end of february the treasury will lose the power to pay america's's bills and across the board cuts kick in march 1st and the government will run out of all control fund buying the end of marc
tonight about the republican president obama plans to nominate to be the next defense secretary. why conservatives are denouncing the investigation. >> if the lord gives us enough time we might read them all. >> love letters find their way home. how a stranger helped reconnect the couple with their past. >>> san jose police are trying to track down a gunman who shot and killed a man in front of his home. ktvu's cara liu tells us why the victim was not immediately found. >> reporter: neighbors say they heard argues last night outside of this home followed by gunfire. >> we heard two shots go off. we woke up this morning to a bunch of officers coming over here. >> reporter: another neighbor didn't want to be on camera because she fears for her safety. she said she called 911 but when officers came out last night during the rain they didn't find anything. >> it makes me think about security for myself. for protection. because they were out here, they had the lights, the equipment and they couldn't find anything now. where does that leave us? >> reporter: police confirm the body was disc
they are innocent. the former republican senator charles hegel is expected to be nominated by president obama as the next defense secretary. he has proven to be a controversial choice. >> he was a member of the u.s. senate before retiring in 2009. he spent the last three years advising president obama on key issues. on the iraq war he said there is no strategy. on the issue of iran's nuclear ambitions, how is it that we can have nuclear-weapons -- they cannot have nuclear-weapons but our allies can. he called for talks, and that raised a red flag, worried about how he could be in charge of a one-on-one military relationship between the u.s. and israel. president obama arrived back from hawaii, ready to get back to business. he is looking for a bipartisan pay. he is also looking for a fight. republicans would have none of susan rice because of the way she handled the been gauzy situation. -- been gauzy -- benghazi situation. if you wish to vote against him, hats off to you. mitch mcconnell has been appearing on sunday broadcasts. agel comesen chuck hege up, he will be given tough but fair ques
it as good news to get it out of the way. connell: it looks like president obama is really gearing up for a fight with republicans. dagen: rich edson joins us now from washington, d.c. with what the holdup would be. rich: president obama will nominate former republican senator from nebraska chuck hagel to lead the department at the pentagon. a number of republicans have had issues with hagel. he has reportedly erected talks with hamas, some say he is not pro- israel enough. it has a number of republicans lined up against him in opposition. >> he has long severed ties with the republican party. this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. i do not know what is management experience is regarding the pentagon. i think it is an incredibly controversial choice. rich: this sets up a big fight in the u.s. senate. this at a time when those automatic defense cuts have been delayed for two months and that fiscal cliff deal. there are major questions in washington on defense spending going forward. this is a pretty timely opponent or appointment for the president when you consider all th
, they're going to stand with president obama at the white house to accept his nomination for defense secretary and cia director respectively. neither choice is a shock and neither is likely to have an easy go at the senate confirmation process because you know that's coming up. joining me now with the sin sights on this and the expert e expertise, gloria borger and chief national correspondent john king. in the interest of the new year's resolution to be positive, let's start with the pros, gloria borger. let's go over the list with chuck hagel as the starting point. he's a war hero. and he has two purple hearts from vietnam serving alongside of his brother. each of them saving each other's life which is a story unto itself. and he went on to represent a native nebraska in the u.s. senate and now he co-chairs the president's intelligence advisory board. that sounds like a pretty good cv, they say. what's not to like? >> well, if you're in the white house, you say that's the reason his confirmation should be smooth sailing. but, you know, he was a two-term senator and when you're a t
at 11:00, the bay area schools to ouch what. and the big week ahead for president obama and why replacing some of his cabinet members could be a huge undertaking. plus it was supposed to be a flash mob, instead turned into chaos. the mall brawl that has become a worldwide warning. and later a new flu epidemic. the earliest and >>> president obama will return to work at the white house in the morning. the president faces a long to do list as he gets ready to start his second term. that work includes replacing two key members of his cabinet. abc news reporter chuck sievertson has more. jay for president obama the vacation is over. mr. obama returns from hawaii to a climate that is chilly in more ways than one. he reportedly has chosen the republican senator chuck heigle to replace leon panetta as secretary of defense. hiegle would be a controversial pick. he advocates negotiating with iran and some question how strongly he supports israel. one pro israel group is already running an ad against heigle. >> for secretary of defense, chuck heigl se not a responsible option. >> even the
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